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20 Essential Jamaican Patois Phrases Translated to English

Written by Staff Writer

Do you know how to say “Look at that” or “Wow” in Jamaican? Do you have a Jamaican friend you want to communicate with or are you traveling to Jamaica? There is a heated debate amongst Jamaicans on whether “patois” (patwah) is a language or an English “dialect”.  If you don’t know Jamaican patois (patwah) it definitely sounds like another language.  Below is a list of 20 Essential Jamaican Patois phrases translated to English.

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  • Don’t bother me – Nuh Badda Mi
  • It is mine – A Fi Mi
  • Good Looking Girl – Criss Ting
  • Just a little – Jus a toops
  • Con Artist – Ginnal
  • Look at that – Coo Deh
  • Can you please – A Beg Yuh
  • Leave me Alone – Lef Mi
  • Oh My Gosh – Jessum Peace
  • Excuse Me – Jus a word
  • Can I pass – Beg yuh pass
  • Take Care – Walk Good
  • Hey there – Pssst
  • Turn there – tun deh so
  • Thank You – tanks
  • Girlfriend – Dawta
  • Fantastic – Irie
  • Children – Pickney
  • Father – Fahda
  • Mother – Madda
  • Right here – yahso
  • I am okay – ya man
  • Serve you just right – ah good
  • Wow – Blouse an skirt

20 Essential Jamaican Phrases Translated to English


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  • Sim

    Hi I like that you are providing translations for our language but I have a correction for you. In your list you have : “I’m okay- Ya man”. What you should have is: “Yes- Ya man or Yea man”, ” I’m okay- Mi good or Mi alright”.
    In other words, we only say ya man when we give a positive response in the form of yes.
    Good job though keep it up. 🙂